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Despite the Lakers saying that they’ve taken Pau Gasol off the trade block, the rumors surrounding him have not stopped. This time around, the International Business Times believes that the Lakers could be interested in moving Gasol for Omer Asik, Jeremy Lin, or both.

Asik and Lin have near identical contracts, with both earning upwards of $14 million in the last year, 2014-15, but Lin could prove harder to move considering his injury and inconsistent play since he arrived in Houston last season.

Two teams that have been rumored for a trade and in need of a point guard are the Los Angeles Lakers and Chicago Bulls, with injury riddled L.A. holding as many as 12 expiring contracts, and the Bulls figuring out their future with Derrick Rose likely sidelined for a full season once again.

At this point, there is no substance behind these rumors as they don’t make much sense for either side. The Rockets are looking to compete now while also setting themselves up to acquire assets in the future. Houston has been actively shopping Asik, but they’ve found it hard to move the big man because of their steep asking price — two first round picks — a price the Lakers cannot, and would not afford.

Wile Pau Gasol’s $19 million expiring contract could potentially be something that the Rockets could covet, it would be a redundant, lateral move for the team, especially considering that the Gasol and Dwight Howard had minimal success playing together last season with the Lakers.

For the Lakers, it wouldn’t make sense to handcuff their immediate future with two guys who will cost the Lakers a combined $16.7 million against the salary cap next season (and around $28 million total), which would completely go against the plan of financial flexibility for the summer of 2014 that the team had been preaching since Dwight Howard left for Houston this summer.

The rumors surrounding the Lakers and Rockets should be taken with a grain of salt as neither team can offer the other what each team is trying to accomplish. The Rockets have also been rumored to be in trade talks with both the Boston Celtics and Chicago Bulls.

It’s hard to say that any of this will ever materialize into something substantial, but it would come as a complete shock if something actually came out of these rumors.

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  • yayay

    Lin should be a no brainer. Lakers should do everything they can to get him. hes way better as his stats and before McHale started fcking with his minutes he averaged close to allstar numbers on insane efficency this season. all while playing off his strenght and with very low usage rate.
    he would absolutely blossom in LA with this roster of unselfish team players, he could finally play PG again and to top that off Dantoni is the perfect coach for him. If the Lakers can get Asik too, then they are almost a lock for a 6-8th seed

    • Marcusj

      I agree man

    • One

      I hope you’re being sarcastic. The lakers will never make a trade where they are the ones getting ripped off.

      • Todd DelGiudice

        How much does Gasol really have left in the tank? No way their getting ripped off.

        • jeremy

          more then asik can offer. even if gasol only on the lakers for this season. asik nice on defense but he isnt the offensive player gasol is and lin ok and all but his health hasnt been too great this season

          • honestly

            Asik is the post presence we need and plus lin was shooting AT LEAST(im not sure about the numbers) 50% fg and 40%+ from 3… that was b4 harden used his franchise player card and mchale immediately changed lin’s minutes… this will be a 3 team trade and if we can get 2 young legs for pau i would take it

          • jeremy

            doesnt matter to me i wouldnt like the trade, lakers need healthy players and lin missing 10 game already is a warning sign and if i wanted what asik give i would trade for chandler

          • Luke

            Asik doesnt have to contribute anything spectacular on offense. Sure he has no jumper from the outside but his defense and rebounding makes up for it (Sound like a center we had before?) Lin just needs a steady environment to be in, when he was in NY with Dantioni he flourished, then when he got traded to the rockets the offense didnt suit him. Why not bring him into a place where hes reunited with Dantoni, and can get mentored by one of the greatest PG’s to ever play the game in Steve Nash. And its not like we’re gonna leave Asik out of the loop. We have Kareem Abdual Jabbar who can teach him a thing or two, but Im getting ahead of myself. I say pull the trigger sure it’s gonna be tough getting rid of Pau but hes starting to slow down, we get two players for one banged up Pau Gasol. We could always trade Asik again for draft picks and or cash, and a player.

          • jeremy

            lin coming to the lakers what does that do to help this health? that doesnt make him any healthier and i wont want a PG that we have to worry if he stay healthy and pau seem fine to me he been playing alot better as of late. i think lakers are better off saving there money and getting better in the off season

          • johnnycomelately9

            The date to trade him before a team could trade him again before the deadline passed on the Rockets self imposed date.

          • chocolate8175

            I don’t know how many games you’ve watched but we don’t have offensive struggles, we need a big that rebounds and protects the rim. Does that sound like gasol? I don’t think so…. Asik would actually correct both of those problems. And Lin is a decent pg, I’ll take any pg at this point. I doubt Nash ever suits up again, even if he does he will not be effective. Sucks, but I believe it to be true

        • Rod Milton

          Gasol is actually improving his game play. Gasol not the problem, it’s D’Antoni’s offensive schemes. I wouldn’t trade Gasol…not for no damn Jeremy Lin and Asik anyways.

          • Paytc

            I can agree with you on that !

          • Paytc

            Not the MDA schemes being Gasol’s problems part, but
            I agree we should not trade Gasol for Lin and Asik

      • johnnycomelately9

        Getting Asik and Lin could help the Lakers compete? They’d be adding a year of salaries, but don’t they really want to go after Kevin Love who comes out when they come off the books? They need a pg so maybe the Rockets think Gasol can excel around Harden, Dwight, Parsons, etc and that they can unload Asik with Lin and can a top 10 PF. if he doesn’t work and they don’t win than it’s 14 million off the books and room to do something. So far the Rockets aren’t getting what they want for Asik because draft picks are in high demand suddenly as they should be.

    • cj

      the lakers would not have to move pau. they could move nash, kaman, and blake and still get lin, and asik.

      • jeremy

        lol rockets would not take blake who wont be back till at least feb and nash who might not ever come back this season

        • cj

          it would have to be a multi team deal. the deal would be.

          lal-hou-phi

          lal- asik, lin

          hou hawes, blake right to swap picks with the lakers (14)

          phil, nash, kaman

          • jeremy

            i still doubt teams would want injury players. how many times you see teams take guys who are injury.

          • cj

            a ton.

            the lakers traded walton and kapono (both hurt at the time) to the cavs.

            lakers traded an injured bynum to phily (never played a second)

            lakers traded for howard (back).

            teams do trade for injured players.

          • jeremy

            ok there that but who to say some else will do a trade like that and with nash you be trading for a player who might never play again

          • cj

            the idea for phily would be that they need to add to their cap this season and nash does this. then during the off season they can have their team doctor look at him and tell him he needs to medicaly retire. so his contract comes off of the books so this does not ham string them. + they would get worse by loseing hawes for kaman and nash a player that will likely never play for them.

    • Match328

      Your kidding right? If the lakers get both you can forget about getting other free agents for the next 4 years. Those two players are overpaid. And do u really think houston would do that after seeing how the gasol and howard paring worked last year?? I’d prefer the chandler and shumpert trade instead.

      • Paytc

        That at least does sound a little more attractive. But it’s a F.O. call ,not one that the fans have power to make.

    • Neilo

      I would rather keep pau over them two and that’s saying a lot. Asik and Lin are overpaid. Lin is a turnover machine. Both offensive people and we don’t need that. We need defense which is why I hope they trade for chandler and shumpert in New York.

      • chocolate8175

        How do you figure asik is an offensive guy, are you kidding me? He’s like the broke man’s Dwight, except he won’t bitch when he doesn’t get his touches and he’s aware that offense isn’t his forte but he still plays hard and doesn’t whine like a big ass girl

        • Neilo

          Ok would you rather have Lin and Asik or shumpert and Tyson chandler? Lakers don’t have any defense and definitely don’t need any more turnovers from Lin.

        • johnnycomelately9

          He bitched about not starting and getting minutes, so he might care about his touches?

    • Drew

      If the Lakers picked up Lin they would be overpaying. What they need to do is stop making quick-fix decisions and be patient and save the money to build a quality team. Kevin Love 2015 is a start.

  • TennisMindCamp

    Linsanity to Los Angeles? I LIKE it!

    • Houstonrocketfan

      This is Linsanity part II.

  • APrince66

    Dint Linsanity begin under DAntoni? I could be mistaken and dont feel like looking it up atm lol

    • TennisMindCamp

      Yup… AP! It was Lin and Dantoni…

  • Doc Hendrix

    If Lakers can get Jeremy Lin and Omer Asik for Pau Gasol then do it.Here is why Jeremy Lin is Asian and the LA market is one the top populations for Asians in North America.The marketing and ticket sales the Lakers can have from having the China Man Jeremy Lin will be very profitable.

    Also Lin-Sanity will return since Jeremy will be reunited with his coach Mike D’Antoni and the numbers will go up in the MDA system IMO.Jeremy is still young and this is a great move for the Lakers who need a point guard and Lin fits the bill tbh.

    Now about Omer Asik he is exactly the rim protector and rebonder we sorely miss right now,he can do everything we need him to do which is take up space in the post and defend and rebound.Plus both contracts are heavy next season but we can just use the cap space from them in 2015 for Kevin Love in free agency and wait for Kevin Durant in 2016 when Kobe will likely call it a career and we use his Salary cap space on Kevin Durant.But for now yes these 2 guys are on short deals that will free up cap space for the Lakers after next season.And in the meantime the Lakers become much better as a basketball team.

    Imagine Kevin Love and Kevin Durant on the Lakers by 2016.

    • cj

      the lakers could move nash, kaman, and blake and still get lin and asik. they dont have to move pau

    • johnnycomelately9

      And Kobe on the vet-min. :)

  • quaisar

    This should never happen or even considered. Jeremy Lin is ok, he is medicore at best. This league has a plethra of good young point guards and Lin is just not one of them. Houston get his services for 5 mill but then wants to dump his contract on us for 15 mil, why in theworld would the Lakers do that. Doing that means no max player and no decent role players. I would rather have farmer and Blake then Lin, Jeremy Lin is just as injury probed….list of pg better then Lin: Felton, deron Williams, Kyle Lowry, john wall, kemba walker, Ramon sessions, rondo, kyrie Irving, Jeff Teague,, Mario Chalmers, Norris Cole, Jeff Teague, mike Conley, Brandon jenning, Ricky Rubio d rose, tony parker, cp3, tony parker, isiah Thomas, Stephen curry, Westbrook, jrue holiday, and I’m sure there are more that I can’t recall. Most of these players are not getting paid near 15 mil. Plus win Kobe gets back and if we are serious about getting a max deal player, we e going to need a pg whO can play d and is a past first pg to facilitate the offense

    • jeremy

      well lin not making 15 mill a year , but you add this year and next he makes around 16 mill. he actually makes around 8 a year some with asik

    • jake mendez

      felton?? I dont think he is better than lin. And why/how do think lakers can get deron Williams, Kyle Lowry, john wall, kemba walker, Ramon sessions, rondo, kyrie Irving, Jeff Teague,, Mario Chalmers, Norris Cole, Jeff Teague, mike Conley, Brandon jenning, Ricky Rubio, tony parker, cp3, tony parker, isiah Thomas, Stephen curry, Westbrook, jrue holiday??? I dont think OKC will let Westbrook GO

    • will49

      pau our # 1 & farmar for dee will. salsries match nets get center to replace lopez pg to help with the trade of dee will and good # 1 pick. lakers get top five pg in nba. if pau dont work out nets get much needed cap space for next year.

    • aboveitall

      You completely lost credibility when you listed Felton as a better PG than Lin. Lin is not the savior but he’s actually a very decent to decently good PG who may or may not be misused right now, but is indisputably a better option that what we have going. I agree that he’s pricey (although you seriously misstated his price also), but depending who we’d move around for him, I would take him in a heartbeat over what we have now, which is no one. That said this is a dumb trade, I say wait it out.

    • BoomBoomPau

      Please never discuss basketball again. Any point guard is better than Brandon Jennings, all he does is shoot and he shoots around 30%. Deron Williams actually makes 18 million a year, so your argument is invalid. Westbrook and Rondo are also upwards of 13 mil. Felton is absolute garbage at this point and we already had Sessions and it didn’t turn out well. Please shut down your account. CP3 also 18 mil. D rose 17 mil. John wall just signed 5 year 80 mil. BRANDON JENNINGS AS PASS FIRST GO HOME. ISAIAH THOMAS PAST FIRST. WESTBROOK PAST FIRST???? KYRIE IRVING PASS FIRST?? NORRIS COLE AND CHALMERS PASS FIRST GOOO HOME.

  • jeremy

    this wouldnt be a good trade at all for the lakers. one it eat into next year cap space,2 lin injury prone and isnt that great of a over all player and 3 asik a decent center he nice on defense but avg on offense. plus it show if you cant keep him happy he will want to leave

  • LakersHeatBeef

    No.

    • Paytc

      Hopefully they are not that stupid. Lin is a decent player ,but far from a superstar. He has also not been totally healthy.They better throw in Harden with Lin if they want to give Houston Gasol. I don’t think Mitch is really considering making a bad trade like that. If so we need to re-evaluate Mitch’s decision making IMO.

      • LakersHeatBeef

        Just wanting to see Mitch save cap space for the off season tbh.Let Pau expire and then re-evaluate Pau at the end of the season.

        If Pau re-signs then cool hopefully for under ten million per and if not then welcome aboard a Max Free Agent like LeBron or Carmelo maybe even toss a hefty contract at Eric Bledsoe or Greg Monroe but for now stand pat unless we can get the upper hand in a deal.Jeremy and Asik make way too much next season and that would prevent the Lakers from getting a max free agent and also we would not be able to re-sign most the young players we have IMO.

        Jeremy can’t even beat out Patrick Beverley for a starting job yeah i say they will stick with Steve Blake and Kendall Marshall,Jordan Farmar,Steve Nash.But who knows really what might happen via trade.I just want us to have cap space for free agency 2014.

        • Paytc

          Lin is not as good as Patrick Beverley. Lin is around the Blake level of player. If they trade Gasol just make sure we get comparable value in return. Gasol is a 7 foot talented player. Sure he needs to be nurtured a bit too much but he still has superstar abilities if pushed right.

          The Lakers don’t want Pau to just walk away like D12 did when they could have moved him while they had the chance. I trust it will all work out for the Lakers.

          • Paytc

            And Gasol too hopefully.

            Go Lakers !

          • LakersHeatBeef

            Eric Bledsoe>Jeremy Lin.That’s who we should have got tbh.

          • Paytc

            Yeah Lin is a good marketing chip (Linsanity and all ),but I think Houston is the best place for the league to best make use marketing Lin. But with Kobe being such a popular player in China…. I could see Lin’s popularity growing in LA too.
            But as a fan I am more concerned with Laker championships than I am with league popularity and Franchise revenue at the expense of winning. tbh :-)

            Go Lakers !

          • LakersHeatBeef

            It’s all about winning.I could careless about marketing tbh.

          • Paytc

            I like Aaron Brooks and Beverley over Lin. Aaron Brooks just needs an address change IMO.

          • Paytc

            But we should get as much value as we can should we trade Gasol IMO.

          • will49

            pau # 1 pick and farmar for dee will. we get top 5 pg in nba. nets get replacment for lopez for 1 yr. get lower level pg tp replace d-will and solid # 1 pick. and salaries work.

          • Paytc

            Yeah, I have wanted D-Williams on the Lakers for a while.
            I also like Rondo, and CP3. CP3 deal was hated on by Stern and company. So Rondo or D-Will would be nice. I would miss Farmar though….. How about Blake instead?

          • LakersHeatBeef

            Not too sure about Pat,Brooks but pass on Lin IMO.

          • Paytc

            I think you may have written the players in order of talent.
            Patrick Beverley,Aaron Brooks, then Lin would be 3rd on my rotation tbh/imo. As I said Aaron Brooks just needs an address change. Brooks will be 3rd on the list because Beverley is clearly the best of the three and Linsanity will get the edge over Brooks for his sales and marketing revenue. Yes I would pass on Lin as well as a fan,but as an owner and a business man Lin would get mad consideration for the insane $Linsanity craze.

          • Paytc

            I would pass on Lin if I were a coach wanting to win.

            But again if you want to sell tickets and merchandise you may want to consider cashing in along with the league on the $Linsanity. Lin may not have the greatest talent, but his marketable value is worth considering if your an owner.

          • Paytc

            That was a funny swap. It looks like my words are now coming out of LakersHeatBeef’s Mouth? Perhaps LN can and will correct the problems soon.

          • johnnycomelately9

            Lin can be amazing with Kobe in his ear.

          • Paytc

            Lin is a good player. I don’t think he is the perfect fit for the Lakers? But I’m sure if if he played for the Lakers I would be a bigger Lin fan. And he most likely would be exciting to watch with Kobe’s experience sharing the court together.

            As always I know we fans don’t make the trade decisions.
            We will see what the F.O. comes up with?

          • Todd DelGiudice

            Ok –
            Lin = 17-18PER / 14-18pts / 4-6 assists
            PBev = 9-12PER / 8-11pts / 2 assists

            Lin 2nd in TS%
            Top 5 in driving

            explain your reasoning

          • Todd DelGiudice

            Because he doesn’t turn the ball over because he almost never tries to create plays for others?
            Because his defense passes the eye test, even though he regularly gets blown by by even decent PG’s?

          • Todd DelGiudice

            Yup, you and the Knicks are right – he and Felton are much better than Lin :)

          • Todd DelGiudice

            So, yeah, you guys can have PBev cuz he’s not doing much to consistently help the Rockets.

          • Paytc

            Just watching both guys play the game and having played it myself it’s my opinion ,not the law. Stats don’t always tell the complete story. There are many teams and players with good stats but can’t seem to win a championship?

            But thank you for the stat comparison. I am impressed by Lin’s stats.
            Truthfully not many players make it to the NBA without pretty good skills. Some times it comes down to personal preferences, or a player landing in the right situation.

            I like Lin, but would prefer to admire him from a far not as a member of the Lakers in exchange for Pau Gasol.

            Gasol is a proven champion and considered a so call superstar. Jeremy Lin has never been considered a superstar; however Lin is very popular.

            I do appreciate you providing a star comparison.
            It will inspire me to browse the NBA stats list more often.

          • aboveitall

            While I was a big Linsanity fan and would love to have him at LAL, no way would I give up Gasol! But yeah I gotta say what is with all the people blasting him saying Felton and PBev are better PGs. There is just 0 evidence to support that at all, I feel like Lin is doomed to be underrated his whole career because of the wild expectations Linsanity created for him. Thanks for clearing that up, Todd.

          • Paytc

            Personally I think Lin is a good player. But of the three…. Lin,Felton,and Beverley, I personally would select Patrick Beverley. That does not mean it’s a fact Beverley is better.
            That is just the person I believe to be the better player IMO.

            You don’t make it to the NBA without some skill and talent.
            All three of the players can ball.
            Sometimes players are on a team that brings out their best and sometimes not. I think Lin getting healthy and playing well will be the fuel for more Linsanity.

            There is a big market of folks ready to purchase merchandise ,and buy into it again. I believe it’s just a matter of time? Not many players play well when they are dealing with chronic pain.

            But I agree to keep Gasol over Jeremy Lin. There are not a lot of quality 7 foot (2 time champion) super stars out there.

            Go Gasol ! Go Lakers !

  • Alex

    That’s a really stupid deal

  • roseducanna

    Go HOUSTON, trade both ASIK and LIN for GASOL.HOUSTON will have PASSION,HOWARD and GASOL.

  • AC52

    can anyone give me a website where I can see what draft picks the Lakers have for the 2014 draft??

    • cj

      they have their 2014 and 2016 first rounders. and no second rounders

      • AC52

        they have no second rounder for these next two drafts right??

        • cj

          right

          • aboveitall

            I don’t follow college ball at all–who is everyone so excited about in this upcoming draft?

          • cj

            there are alot of players. the first 10-15 picks could all be allstars

  • jeremy

    if lakers wanted to get younger ill take greg monroe over trading for omer asik

    • LakersHeatBeef

      Kyle Anderson is drawing Magic Johnson comparisons from Seth Greenberg and others lol hahahahah.Nice player though but definitely doesn’t even belong in the same sentence as Magic Johnson.But yeah i like Kyle Anderson we could use him but he is projected late round pick and we shall see where the Lakers pick lands.

      • jeremy

        i think he more odom then magic

        • LakersHeatBeef

          Agreed.

  • Bugatti_L

    We should do it. It’s not like we’ll be able to sign any big names like melo or somebody due to Kobe. Lin can help with the pg position kaman is soft asik will help on the defense. Salary cap next year so what it’s well added pieces as you can see.

    • jeremy

      lin could help if he can stay healthy, he has miss 10 of the 28 games played. plus lin and asik will be making around 8 mill each next season and lakers dont need guys like melo or lebron to get better. there still will be alot of good players out there. to name a few rudy gay,greg monroe,lance stephenson and danny granger if not traded this year. laker could trade for him next year if they wanted

      • Zimmeredge

        Lin is not a problem… Asik would be a huge problem for us…

    • aboveitall

      I gotta agree re melo. And why does anyone in LA want melo… he hasn’t saved the knicks, who have an objectively superior roster than we do. And melo has dreamed of playing in NY for a long time, why would he give that up to ride this sinking ship. Better shot at Chandler or Shump if we’re looking to poach some NY talent. I don’t know about trading Gasol for Lin & Asik (unrealistic trade anyway) but it sure would make LAL games more fun to watch.

  • Jose

    I really don’t believe making any trades makes this years team any better than they are but if the FO is considering a trade for a defensive center I say they can go after Noah of the bulls. That guy plays hard every play and is not worried about his points. Only reason that I believe that the Lakers can pull it off is that the Bulls want to save some money and need the room to build around Rose again. That way they move Noah’s contract and amnesty Boozer and they have instantly cleared enough money to resign Deng and other pieces and that could be very appealing to the Bulls. Potentially move Pau and Kelly for Noah, Hinrich and Mohammed. The Lakers would waive Mohammed and that would save them about 4 million in the overall deal.
    Then in the off season you work on signing your young guys that have played so well. Bringing back Meeks, Johnson, Farmar, Hill and Henry would really put the Lakers in a good position for the next year. Financially they would still have the room for Love in 2015 and when Kobe calls it a career possible KD or if not they have the room to make other moves. But either way if they were to pull this off the starting line up would be Noah, Hill, Johnson, Bryant and Farmar that seems like a team that is well balance defensively and offensively. The bench of Sacre,Young, Henry, Meeks and Marshall has a lot of potential and it would keep the Lakers competitive for the foreseeable future. One thing that I did forget to include that makes a big difference from a financial stand point is either Nash retires or they use the stretch provision but he would not be part of the team next year. If not then no trade should happen because the Lakers do not need Lin taking up cap space when he is not any better than Farmar or many of the guard free agents that will come cheaper than 8 million a year.

    • jeremy

      bulls wouldnt do that. one i think bulls love noah and two with rose hurt bulls need all the PGs they can get. they would trade deng before they trade noah

      • Jose

        I agree with you that the Bulls may not go for it but if for some reason they did I would hope that Lakers would try and make it happen. Like i said if thats not the trade then I just believe the Lakers should wait for free agency instead of trying to make trades for this year.

        • johnnycomelately9

          And if Miami wants to trade Lebron I hope the Lakers take it too.

    • johnnycomelately9

      Rockets are seeking to move Asik ASAP. Bulls want Noah because he’s great as you stated. But Bulls are rumored to want to trade Boozer and Deng for Gasol and…

  • Zimmeredge

    Chandler is way better than Asik…. Both defensively and offensively. there’s no reason for us to get Asik… it has to be an upgrade and Asik is not a good anchor. and god knows we need an anchor and defense… more than a rim protector or good inside defender. A guy who will make this gel on defense from the inside.
    Gasol can get block, he can grab rebounds and if he plays with enough heart he’s good on inside defense… but HE IS NOT AN ANCHOR!!! Asik is not an anchor too. Asik is a defensive minded center but he is not an anchor. he is not a vocal leader. He is not a floor general on defense. that’s why he is a downgrade imo compared to Gasol. Eventhough Gasol is not reliable on defense he brings a lot offensively. Asik is ghost on offense. a non factor. he has no offensive skills.
    Chandler is an anchor, a vocal leader, a floor general. he is leading by commitment, attitude, ernergy, voice… he does it all and on offense he brings a lot with his athleticism on pnr, low block, offensive board, alley oops. his offensive efficiency is above the charts…

  • jeremy

    just a idea for next year team
    farmar,marshall,PG
    kobe,SG wes
    young,granger
    hill,maybe draft a guy like kyle anderson,kelly
    monroe,sacre.

    that just a type of team ill throw out there

  • LakersHeatBeef

    So Pau sitting out last night with a illness can that be a precursor to a trade?

  • yoyo56

    the only way this would be a good trade would be if they can somehow get chandler parsons.

    • LakersHeatBeef

      I would be down with a Parsons,Lin,Asik deal but H-Town would reject it tbh.

    • LakersHeatBeef

      Don’t want Lin,Asik but Parsons that’s a whole different story.

      • Paytc

        I like Parson’s over Lin and Asik too ! But trade talks I leave to the F.O.

        I think the F.O. will make the best moves all players and things considered. Go Gasol ! Go Lakers !

  • Jim213

    If there’s something to this rumor seems like management intends on going backwards than forward. Lin is not a top 10 franchise PG while Asik is not the answer to solving the team’s issues inside IMO.

    Given the great play last sesason between Gasol and DH I’m certain the Rockeets are considering bringing in Pau since DH is playing better than last season with Houston. SMH

    • Paytc

      If the Rockets can pull off getting Gasol and only giving up Lin and Asik I would be tempted to put some cash on the table betting on a Rocket championship.Parsons,Beverley,Harden,Gasol,Howard,Brooks etc… would be able to win 3 of the next 5 championships IMO.

      Harden for Gasol (Not that we need another shooting guard) or Chandler Parsons and Beverley for Gasol would be better trades for the Lakers IMO

      But again it’s not a call that fans have any power to make

      • hidden_agenda714

        LOL, the Rockets aint going no where with Harden. Take a look at the stats. 6 Rockets made double figure with Harden sitting out.

        Once Harden comes back in, those numbers will drop considerably. No one can get good numbers besides Harden, when ISO HOG is in the game.

        And Beverly? LMFAO. A guy who barely scores 4 points and dishes out 1 assist is what you consider better than Lin?

        F$#K off troll.

        • Paytc

          Anyone who knows or has played basketball without being bias for whatever personal reasons,shortcomings,insecurities etc… Knows Patrick Beverley is a better player than Jeremy Lin. That’s why he starts before Lin IMO.

          They also know James Harden will be the main piece that needs to be in place if the Rockets will be getting out of the West or winning a championship. But every superstar player needs a good supporting cast around them.

          Now if you or anyone has a problem with superstar players that sounds like a personal issue that may need some attention? The name calling is pretty childish IMO LOL……..

          • hidden_agenda714

            LOL, Beverly is a starter over Lin supposedly because if a better “defense”.

            He is there to make up for James Harden Lack of Defense.

            Beverly is not a better passer, not a better scorer. Lin averages more scores, more assists, more blocks and more steals.

          • Zimmeredge

            blocks and steals are good stats but are also wrong stats… it’s good to have them but it does not show how good you are on defense.

          • hidden_agenda714

            Beverly sucks at Defense. He’s overrated. Lin is also now #1 in FG% for Point Guards.

            Not bad for PG who gets double teamed while guys like Brooks and Beverly are left wide open because there are no scouting report on those 2 sorry butts.

          • Kenny D

            I smell jealousy, haha

    • johnnycomelately9

      Lakers should ask for Lin, Asik, and the Rockets draft pick or no deal.

      This would help them in the youth movement with 2 post lottery picks in a deep draft while answering their pg problems and letting them try to compete now.

  • Neilo

    Asik and Lin are overrated for what they’re being paid. Lin is a turnover machine and we don’t need that

    • Paytc

      I can agree with you on that.

  • Pay Up

    Unbelievers, the key to unlocking JLin is faith. Let him be and things would happen. Let him go and the dumpster awaits. That Is what happened to the Knicks and the same journey awaits the Rockets. JLin will be in LA, that is the appointed path. Faith awaits D aNTONI. For once in the NBA, Faith favors the yellow man

    • Zimmeredge

      I have absolutely no problem with JL… but Omer Asik, man, this guy would be a pain in the arse for us.
      if we can pull up a trade with Lin but no Asik involved that could be awesome. I really think that if we have to take a center it has to be Chandler.

      • JT Clark

        You’re serious? Lin over Asik? Thank god you’re not the GM.

        • Zimmeredge

          well if have to choose i’ll rather try to get Tyson Chandler.
          so yeah… the only player available and interesting for us in houston is Jeremy Lin imo. Asik is overrated and he doesn’t worth his current or future (8 then 14m$) wage that’s a fact. there’s a reason why nobody makes a move depiste being interested in him. he is one sided version and he doesn’t bring anything other than rebound.

  • Marty Susman

    I sure as hell hope NOT… Lin was not, is not & will not be a first line point guard. Houston paid way to much for him & they are stuck with him…

    • swagcity hooptown

      lin is better than any pg lakers have right now

  • hookedonnews

    Lin has a huge contract the Rockets would like to get out from under. Now that Beverly is out I doubt they would make this move. It would be nice to have Lin while all the PGs are out, but don’t see this happening. Too much money.

    • Zimmeredge

      Lin for 5-6m$ would be amazing but 8m then 14m next two seasons it’s killing our cap. on that price range you can have much much much better pg.

      • hidden_agenda714

        Much better PG? Like who? John Wahl? Who Lin destroyed every-time they meet?

        Or Williams who Lin made look like a fool the first time they met? LOL

        Lin can score and dish out assists if given the chance. But with a ball hog like Harden, don’t expect Lin or anyone else on the team to reach those numbers.

        The Rockets had 20+ assists last night without Harden who sat out the game due to a bruised ego. The previous game with Harden in and the humiliating lost to the Pacers, the Rockets barely had 5 assists.

        The problem with Houston is Harden. Every time they play without him, the offense is so much better.

        Harden is not a start and should stop pretending to be one. You aint Kobe. You’re just an overrated shooting guard who should start off the bench.

        • Zimmeredge

          like john wall or d-will are the only better pg in the league.I can name 10pg better than him.

          • hidden_agenda714

            Who, the 2 current injured PG playing for the Lakers? LMFAO. Lin destroyed both of those nobodies.

          • Zimmeredge

            come on do I have to list all those point guards?

          • Kenny D

            Check their fg% lin beat them in any cat.

          • hidden_agenda714

            Don’t confuse these people with stats. All they see is skin color.

          • hidden_agenda714

            You can’t even name one. LOL

          • Kenny D

            U know he scored 29 ppg as a starter this year without harden right?

          • Kenny D

            Dwill and john wall are both lins bitch

        • Kenny D

          Before injury, lin fg% 50 3pt fg45%

  • Steel Bill Moreland

    Lin,did you say Lin.He has been passed around more than a basketball.What are you going to do roll his hosp.bed out to center court.I wouldn’t touch him with an 8′ center,+ he is too hipper.Pass on that one.

  • thadeus

    I would rather keep Pau than having Asik and Lin.

  • Carey R. Angdahl

    No Lynn…Please!!!! Dude was a fluke…obviously!!! He hasn’t done anything since leaving NY

  • Marty Susman

    Farmar is way better then Lin & a hell of a lot cheaper. There is no point guard out in NBA land available until 2015 free agency when Wall, Lillard & IRVING come out.
    Farmar is more then good as a starter until then & then would be the best point available for first off the bench.

  • Trek Life

    Pau continues to be a tough call for trade. He’s improving as a player as of recent, his upside when he’s on is much better than Asik and he’s part of an emotionally high winning time for the Lakers.

    The real issue is that there are several convincing statistics out there that prove that Pau’s play IS NOT the coach’s fault, but his own. Be it injury or lack of desire or whatever, he seems to only play when he wants to. At his best he’s top in the league on Offense and serviceable on defense.

    At this point, I wouldn’t trade him in this package at all. I like Lin with D’Antoni, but I don’t think that i’d risk moving Gasol just yet.

    • will49

      pau # 1 farmar for d-will. all sides win salaries work

  • Wizard

    lakers need to stand pat and just keep losing.. EVERY player on that team is a back up @ best except Kobe and Pau. Pau is DONE!!! Kobe should sit out rest of year. Seriously when we are waiting on Blake to come back its BAD…

  • Delyce22

    Everyone keeps saying the Lakers don’t have a PG. Isn’t that why they signed Marshall? Why isn’t he starting and playing more minutes?

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